2006 seems to be off to a good start.We welcomed the New Year and promptly went to sleep. Our Open House, at least 10 years old, remains popular for those who attend but this year we had our lowest turn out yet. The door opened at 2 and the first guest walked in at 2:40, which happened to be Robbie’s girl friend Stephanie. We had maybe two dozen adults visit and Kate easily had half as many friends turn up, including a pal from GWU.Monday and Tuesday, DC Comics was closed so I managed a good clip of writing on my Star Trek: Corps of Engineers story. I have some material I am quite happy with and recognize I need to beef up other sections. I’ll finish the first draft and then go back and layer material in. I also need to see what’s established by the comedy duo of Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore in the preceding story to make sure nothing is contradicted. For example, there’s a new crewmember and I put her in a cabin with someone and want to make sure they don’t establish some other bunk assignment.Also, because I got up really early for an errand on Monday, by the afternoon I was a little out of it and wound up on the couch watching three episodes of The West Wing from season three. I’ve been working my way through the DVDs and I remain amazed at how Sorkin takes something from a throwaway bit of business in one episode and revisits it in another. Also, just the amount of story he can cram into 43 minutes remains awe inspiring. I’m trying to keep those lessons in mind for the story since I have the crew split up and running around a space station. We’ll see if I’m even in the same quadrant when all is said and done.There was snow and slush and rain today so Robbie wound up with an unexpected snow day, delaying the return to classes meaning Deb was the only one up and out this morning. Tomorrow all three of us return to the routine and it’ll be interesting to see what the new year brings us.